This article was published on November 27th, 2012
A teaching assistant has been awarded £800,000 in compensation after she tripped over and dislocated her finger.
The payout, which is thought to be one of the highest ever awarded in education, was made when the assistant tripped over the strap of an empty wheelchair she was trying to move.
The 49-year-old dislocated her finger and injured her elbow in the incident which happened in 2003.
Since the incident she has been diagnosed with ‘reflex sympathetic dystrophy’ – a malfunction of the nervous system which causes pain and swelling and severely restricts movement down the left side of her body.
She is now dependant on the care of her husband.
Following the incident the assistant entered a nine-year legal battle with her local authority for compensation.
Earlier this year Lancashire County Council agreed to pay £800,000 in damages and a further £140,000 in legal costs in an out-of-court settlement.
The payout, which has been received with mixed reviews, forms part of the £25million worth of compensation payments made to teachers in the last twelve months.
Recent payouts include £200,000 for a slippage incident and £170,000 for a dislocated ankle which happened during playground duty.
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